Consumers waiting until the last minute to buy health coverage under Obamacare received an extension, Bloomberg reported.
A record 1 million users visited the online insurance marketplace yesterday to meet the deadline to enroll in health plans that begin Jan. 1. That deadline was extended to midnight tonight for most of the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.
The extension was announced as visitors to healthcare.gov were moved into a queuing system deployed when the website approaches 50,000 simultaneous users.
Insurers had agreed to begin coverage at the start of the new year for people who selected policies by the deadline as long as they send their first payments by Jan. 10. With the enrollment extension, people who buy plans from tomorrow through Jan. 15 will get coverage on Feb. 1, and the last deadline to sign up for a plan in 2014 is March 31.
The Obama administration has a goal to reach 7 million people by the end of the enrollment period, Reuters reported. So far, more than 1 million people have signed up.